This book features case studies from teachers, leaders and educational professors on inclusion in schools. Using a conception of inclusion that acknowledges issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and ability, this book provides readers with a useful blend of theory and practice. Each case is situated in a school setting and offers readers opportunities to learn about the complexities and challenges associated with issues of exclusion and to develop practices that support inclusion.
We are living in a context fraught with tensions, conflicts and injustices of every kind. Griffiths and Ryan offer us hope not by providing easy answers, on the contrary by presenting us with an opportunity to reflect, to look into our inner self, our own value system, our own biases, our own prejudices and encouraging us to engage in responsive leadership - a leadership that is spurred by strong ethical behaviour. Each case provides the reader with an opportunity for growth. It is indeed a timely work, to be recommended.
Christopher Bezzina, University of Malta and Uppsala University, Sweden.
We are living through a global period of xenophobia, divisiveness, and new and old exclusions that is trickling down to our schools. There is no better way to teach inclusion than through the use of complex cases that make us think about how we normalize and/or disrupt exclusion in and out of schools. The cases in this book are excellent tools for stimulating in-class discussion and professional development, and it is in these educational spaces that we can begin to learn how to challenge the bullies who want to divide us.
Gary Anderson, Dept. of Educational Leadership, NYU